The State Journal-Register reported on the court hearing over Catholic Charities v. DCFS, in which the ACLU of Illinois was granted a motion to intervene. Four Catholic Charities diocese have lost their foster services contracts with DCFS because they have refused to place children with couples who are in a civil union. DCFS argues that state law now requires Catholic Charities to observe the rights of gay and lesbian couples in a civil union and not just married couples.

Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt did not make an immediate ruling Wednesday in the case, in which Catholic Charities sued the Department of Children and Family Services after DCFS terminated the charity’s $30 million in contracts.

Schmidt listened to attorneys for the state and Catholic Charities argue the case for more than an hour before saying he will issue a written decision in the future.  He did not set a date for the ruling.

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